THE NSW Registrar of Community Housing has been brought in to iron out governance issues relating to the Albury-Wodonga Community Network.
The regulatory body is nearing the end of its involvement with the network, which operates Betty’s Place women’s refuge, the Lavington youth drop-in centre and Glenecho Neighbourhood Centre.
The NSW Department of Family and Community Services confirmed the registrar’s association with the network for the past three months.
“The NSW Registrar of Community Housing is working closely with the Albury-Wodonga Community Network to bring them back into compliance with the NSW Regulatory Code,” a spokesperson said.
“There are no impacts on service delivery from this review.”
Network chairman Colin Alcock said a confidentiality agreement surrounded much of the review.
“The NSW Registrar of Community Housing is very supportive and has been working with us to address any issues they have identified,” he said.
“It has been a very positive experience.”
Mr Alcock declined to reveal the circumstances which sparked the regulatory body’s involvement.
“I can’t say anything about that — this is very tricky territory,” he said.
The review coincided with the departure of the network’s chief executive Lucinda Rhook.
There is no suggestion she had engaged in any improper practices.
An acting chief executive has been appointed by the network.
Mr Alcock said the registrar had the power to de-register an organisation, but the network’s future was assured.
“The services are going great and they are absolutely critical in our community,” he said.
He joined the board in April and the network has been advertising for two board members to make its full complement of 10.
The Registrar of Community Housing is responsible for the registration and regulation of community housing providers in NSW.
Albury Council had previously paid rent on a suite used by the network in the Globe Hotel arcade.